Fire rated glass is installed for the sole purpose of protecting you from the fire on the other side of the glass. That’s why it is imperative to know what you’re buying when purchasing fire rated glass for your home or business.
Different materials have different fire ratings and can last anywhere from 20 minutes up to 3 hours when exposed to the harsh elements of a major fire. It’s important to determine your specific needs prior to making a purchase.
Why Install Fire Rated Glass?
There are several reasons for installing fire proof glass.
- Visibility: the ability to see how severe or imminent the danger really is
- Provide safety and openness: modern designs call for open floor plans
- Maintain sound fire barriers: some varieties are also impact resistant
Types of Fire Rated Glass
A Cutting Edge Glass and Mirror, Inc. offers several types of fire rated windows for residential and business applications.
The four most common types of fire retardant glass are:
- Wired glass
- Glass ceramics
- Tempered glass
- Transparent wall units
For residential applications, glass ceramics are a great option because they come with fire ratings of 20 minutes up to 3 hours. Transparent wall units are also a great alternative. These glass walls do not transfer any heat, can be installed in large sections, and provide the greatest combination of visibility and fire protection of any fire glass option.